Editor’s note: In March, the Walt Disney Company and President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger announced an important new initiative to recruit and hire military veterans across all segments of the company.
“Heroes Work Here. Employ excellence. Hire veterans” is Disney’s pledge to find career opportunities for 1,000 veterans over the next three years. The company has launched a national campaign to encourage all employers to hire veterans. Additionally, employees will be encouraged to serve veterans organizations through Disney’s VoluntEARS program.
In honor of ESPN’s Salute to Veterans Week, Front Row spotlights an ESPN employee who also is a military veteran. Today’s profile is Bob Jodoin, a Marine veteran who for the past nine years has worked in ESPN’s Transmissions Group.
Jodoin’s work history and job description: “I joined ESPN in April 2003 as a Satellite Systems Support Technician for Transmission maintenance. I became manager of the section in 2010. Currently, I am a Lead ESS Engineer with NS3, Network Support and Security Services. I manage a team of technicians who are responsible for the maintenance and support of the satellite teleport and associated broadcast production equipment. Additionally, we are responsible for the repair and programming of all campus two-way radio and associated trunking systems.”
Hometown: Bristol, Conn.
Branch/Rank: Marine Corps. Master Sergeant (E-8); Electronics Technician specializing in Satellite Communications.
Where and when did you serve?: Retired after 20 years of active duty service, 1980 to 2000. Recruit Training, Parris Island, SC; 7th Comm. BN , Okinawa, Japan; 8th Comm. BN Camp Lejeune, N.C.; Joint Comm. Support Element, Tampa, Fla.; Desert Storm, Saudi Arabia.
Favorite sports teams?: As a kid, I enjoyed following the Yankees. Presently, I do not follow any sports teams, like many I just enjoy watching a great game between two top teams, or the agility and strength of an individual athlete.
Why did you march in the Connecticut Veterans Parade?: I march because I enjoy the camaraderie of other vets. Peers who have experienced and share many of the same military experiences, people I can really relate too.
How does your military experience help you in your current role?: My military technical experience as a Satellite communications technician directly relates to my job here with ESS, Electronic Systems Support, maintaining the Satellite teleport and associated baseband equipment.
What does the military teach you that can be applied to civilian life?: Leadership. You manage resources and lead people.
Closing thoughts?: I am proud to be associated with a company such as ESPN, largely due to the working environment they have created that acknowledges and respects its diverse workforce.